MOBIL = LIMBO
FNTEO = OFTEN
ONIEID = IODINE
PROTYH = TROPHY
WHILE STROLLING WITH A FRIEND, ROBERT FROST RECITED HIS NEW COMPOSITION. IT WAS – – –
IMOOTNIONETRPY = POETRY IN MOTION
Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! There was only one tricky clue word for me this morning and the poll down below verified that I wasn’t the only that had a problem with it. IODINE has stumped me numerous times in the past and it’s just one of those words that never jumps out at me no matter how many times I’ve seen it. We last saw it in gameplay on 11/16/18 which made it our most recently used word but that fact didn’t help one bit. Actually all of the clue words featured today were familiar old friends from 2018 with the exception of OFTEN. I had to search long and hard for this one and finally found it in a puzzle dated 01/10/11. With all of my clue words complete, I turned my attention to the cartoon and the final anagram of the day.
On the surface, today’s cartoon seemed to be a simple drawing of two men walking in the woods. The panel shifted into more complex territory once the dialogue and sentence were read. We discover that the man on the left is a young Robert Frost and he’s reciting a bit of a new poem to his friend. The scenery that Jeff provided in his drawing accentuated the verse perfectly and a little research on the poem itself lead me to discover that the image we see today is based on a true event.
The year was 1912 and Robert Frost and his wife moved to England after a failed attempt at starting a farm in Derry, New Hampshire. While abroad he met and became friends with a fellow named Edward Thomas. Thomas was a writer and poet as well and the two would often take long walks in the woods.
Frost and his wife returned to New Hampshire in 1915 and he sent Thomas a copy of his now famous poem entitled “The Road Not Taken.” Thomas took the poem seriously and personally and it is said that it may have impacted him so much that he decided to enlist and fight in World War I. Two years after joining, Edward Thomas was killed in the British offensive on the western front during the Battle of Arras.
The main focus of today’s drawing is obviously the relationship between the two men and the split in the road that they happen upon. Although we’ll never know if they turned left or right, Jeff added one tiny detail on the left side of the path that was almost too difficult to see. If you look closely at the last tree, you might be able to spot a shadowy figure that looks like a small deer!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters which is the largest one we’ve seen this week. The visual clues and the avoidance of the word “poem” in the sentence allowed me to find POETRY almost immediately. The rest of the answer was quickly found after sifting through the remaining letters for an easier than expected finish.
I just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed today’s cartoon and it’s always a pleasure when the subject matter is based on real places, or as we see today, famous people. It adds that little something extra that transforms the game from a typical puzzle into an educational experience. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!